The Humane League drives progress in the retail industry
April 15, 2016

After working with The Humane League, Southeastern Grocers has joined the massive wave of grocers committing to eliminating cages entirely from their egg supply chains within the next decade. The company has also set a new industry precedent by committing to source 100% of their private label eggs from cage-free farms by 2017, the most aggressive timeline in recent history from a major mainstream grocer.

Southeastern Grocers is the parent company of more than 750 BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. Its stores are located in seven southeastern states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Today's commitment to switch its private label brand to cage-free by 2017 surpasses other mainstream grocers' commitments by five years at minimum, and is the result of productive dialog between The Humane League and Southeastern Grocers. This move comes amidst The Humane League's success in influencing dozens of national and regional retailers to adopt timelines to end cages, including Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Target, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Aldi, Giant Eagle, BJ's Wholesale Club, Save Mart, Stater Bros, Smart & Final, Ingles Markets, Raley's, Weis, Brookshire's, Bashas', Lowes Markets, Vallarta, Fairway Market, King Kullen, and Kings Markets.

Representatives from Southeastern Grocers have worked closely with The Humane League in developing this important, initial commitment of a forthcoming, overarching animal welfare policy. Under its new management, executives at Southeastern Grocers have stated that animal welfare is very important to them, and they intend to stay on top of progressive issues in the future.